Givance, 63, Wong, 4/19, lead Tropical over Vibes; Harper 5/25 star for McNair as UBACCC fizzles
Georgia’s perennial cricket powerhouse, Tropical Sports Club, cemented their spot in the league title game with a clinical 101 run victory over defending champions Vibes in the semifinal game played at Burdett Park. Sparked by a 90 run fourth wicked partnership between Richard Hoilett (47) and vice-captain Al Givance, followed by a masterful late inning 44 – four 6’s and two 4’s- from captain Patrick Harris, Tropical fought back from an early setback at a meager 43 for 3 off 15 overs to post a challenging total of 211 for 8 off the allotted 40 overs.
Vibes, in reply, could only muster a feeble 110, falling to the attacking and penetrative bowling of Wong and Phillips, amply supported by some superb fielding. Only Mumby, the transferred opener from UBACC, offered any resistance by scoring 27.
The other semifinal game saw UBACCC getting off to a horrendous start as Logon edged to slips on the second ball of the innings and King later mistimed one to short mid-on. Garrick and Tulloch staged a mild recovery before Tulloch was foolishly run out at 74 for 3. Brown followed shortly after - bowled - playing back to one from Hooper, and when Garrick, on 41, missed on a drive off Murray, UBACCC’s hopes of a title faded as they limped to 142 all out. Left arm leg-spinner Harper cleaned up the tail-enders getting his five wicket haul.
McNair’s run chase was highlighted not so much by their batting but by UBACCC’s atrocious fielding – no less than five catches were put down in the early going, and McNair cruised by with five wickets in hand. Murray and King rode their fortunes to 37 and 31 respectively.
The championship game between Tropical and McNair is set for October 4.
Here is a report from league playoff action prior to the semi-finals
UBACC, Tropical, Vibes, McNair to vie for League Title - Twenty20, 45 Overs, and Country/Country Finals Contenders Also Set.
The final round of the regular season competition was marred by bad weather – all games washed out - but had no impact on the pairings for the post season gala set to begin on Sunday, September 13. Undefeated UBACCC (8-0-2) heads the points table in the League championship, and will host McNair Lions (7-3-0) in one semifinal, while Tropical (6-1-3) will be at home against defending champion Vibes(6-2-2) in the other. The other competitions’ pairings find Vibes against McNair in the Twenty20, Tropical vs. Vibes in the 45 Overs, and Jamaica & USA-World in the Country/Country finals.
In a manner similar to the “intrigue and anticipation” that started the season, so it does again with the post season. Player transfers and Special Permitted Players have impacted the construct (strength and personality) of several teams, and some will be featured. Fanfare also surrounds all the pairing as many individual standouts during the season will go head-to-head.
MVP candidate, all-rounder Fredrick Redwood, has been a constant for Vibes throughout the season, and is among the league leaders in both batting and bowling. Tropical will probably play three of the top five wicket-takers ( Ebanks, Slocombe & Johnson), and holds a psychological edge, having convincingly defeated Vibes in the regular season match-up. In that game, Tropical frontline batsmen had several attractive innings as they feasted on a weak bowling attack to post a huge 338 for 4. Vibes fell for 270 in their chase, with Redwood scoring a masterful, aggressive, 102. In their other loss, Vibes bowling was also targeted as UBACCC eased their way to a comfortable 216 for 2 to get by the 215 run target.
Former West Indies test players Junior Murray - who played for last year’s champion Vibes – and Clayton Lambert teams up to delivery strategy and leadership for McNair Lions. Murray is also among the leaders in runs scored. UBACCC will venture into the playoffs a little different than they started the season. Garrick had a tremendous season, but his availability is uncertain, and gone are Mumby and McLean – transferred. In their regular season game, UBACCC easily won, overtaking McNairs’ 140 all out with a blistering 144 for 2 off 15 overs – Garrick getting 84 n.o.
Georgia’s version of the popular US cricketing territories Country/Country competition will see USA-World take on Jamaica.